Bay Journal

July-August 1991 - Volume 1 - Number 5

Making the Bay better for living things

When it comes to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, one could say it is a bottom-up operation.

That is, efforts aimed at restoring the Bay's productivity are focusing first on bottom dwelling organisms with the expectation that improving their lot will result in better habitat for fish and other Bay creatures.

While underwater plants, worms that crawl through sediment and clams that live at the bottom of the Chesapeake are not what typically come to mind when one thinks of the Bay's bounty, they serve as key indicators of the Bay's health.

Maryland outlines 1991 program to clean up the Chesapeake

Maryland officials plan to target air pollution, improve wildlife habitat and promote public participation during the coming year as part of the state's effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Most of the items outlined recently by Gov. William Donald Schaefer in Maryland's 1991 Chesapeake Bay Agenda involve building cooperation for action between governments, citizens and businesses, rather than calling for expensive new programs.

"We cannot let tough budget times be an excuse for not continuing our progress," Schaefer said. "We must be smarter and more resourceful to make our dollars go the extra mile to restore the Bay."

Household hazardous wastes pose risk to the Bay

When Anne Arundel County in Maryland hosted one of its semiannual household hazardous waste collection days, someone found it to be a convenient way to solve a waste problem: They left behind a 'stump bomb' once used by farmers to blow apart troublesome field obstructions.

The bomb squad was called to haul it away.

While bombs are not typical household wastes, the incident illustrates the types of dangerous materials which have accumulated in garages and basements — and in kitchens and bathrooms, for that matter — throughout the Bay watershed.

Requests for 1992 Chesapeake Bay cleanup budgets await action in Congress

Congress is mulling requests from the Bush administration and its own members for federal agency funding during the 1992 fiscal year which begins October 1.

About $35 million has been requested for Bay-related activities by members of Congress representing the Bay states; somewhat less has been requested by the administration.

This summary of requests includes Bay-specific projects and programs, and therefore does not include funding for sewage treatment construction grants, Sea Grant, the Coastal Zone Management Act, anadromous fish conservation grants, Clean Water Act Section 319 nonpoint source program grants, or other programs that may also impact the Bay.

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